STRASBOURG: The Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund awarded 5,822,000 EUR to 24 film projects at its 162nd meeting ending on 19 March 2021. The list of awarded projects included seven with participation from FNE partner countries.

BUCHAREST: Romanian director and producer Ioana Mischie together with writer and actress Ioana Flora explore contemporary challenges of womanhood in the creative web-documentary series FRAGILE, whose first five episodes will screen free of charge on the official platform of the project www.fragile.live on 23 March 2021. This is the first Romanian film project whose key team consists only of women.

The following Croatian minority coproduction grants were awarded by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre in March 2021

BUCHAREST: Eugen Jebeleanu's first feature Poppy Field / Câmp de maci has been sold by the German sales agent Patra Spanou Film to Film Movement for North American distribution. This gay-themed drama was produced by ICON production, the company behind Andrei Ujică’s The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu.

FNE asked Paris based Aksel Ustun how actors and filmmakers have been impacted by the pandemic and what the government is doing to support performers who have been unable to work in theatres and in film. He also talks about how the pause in production has given filmmakers time for reflection and finding new creative directions.

The Krakow Film Foundation, the organiser of the 61st Krakow Film Festival announces the first films of this year’s programme! Among the many surprising debuts and long-expected international premieres, there are also 3 remarkable documentary films, which were awarded at the most important film festivals in the world: Sundance, IDFA and Berlinale. 

BRATISLAVA: The 10th edition of MIDPOINT Intensive SK has chosen four Slovak projects to participate in its development programme, which will take place online from 30 March to 2 April 2021. Two guest projects have been invited to participate in the final day.

WARSAW: Kids Kino Industry, which has been holding a year-long series of free monthly webinars, will look at the topic of the digital transformation in distribution through virtual cinemas and parallel windows.

LIMASSOL: The 19th edition of Cyprus Film Days will take place in Limassol and Nicosia from 16 to 24 April 2021. The festival was cancelled in 2020.

RIGA: The Riga International Film Festival, which will take place 14 – 24 October 2021, has opened submissions for all six of its competition sections. Submissions will be free of charge until 17 April.